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New report boldly asserts that poor have fewer teeth in old age, “no surprises but now we know for sure” say authors

Here’s a study to have us all sucking a thoughtful tooth, those who still have at least one left on which to ponder.

A report out of the North East funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) has been comparing the dental health of some 6,000 people across the UK (excluding Scotland) and analysing the differences between various age and social groupings.

One of the comparisons used was how many teeth were left in the over 70s age group.

Unsurprisingly, it turns out that older, poorer people have fewer teeth, on average, than their wealthier counterparts.

Eight fewer, to be precise, though there are no details as to whether some types of teeth are more susceptible than others or even upper compared to lower or left to right.

Nor is any definitive causal link suggested or confirmed by this statistical research

The collaborating organisations who shall be feverishly processing this revelation include Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust, University College Hospital (London) and the National Centre for Social Research.

The ESRC is a Non Departmental Public Body that receives most of its annual budget of over £200 million from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

It funds some 4,000 research studies across the UK for individuals and academic organisations.

Can’t wait to see what secrets our money will help to expose next.


Source: Northern Echo, et al.
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